Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown.
Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown. Anthony Au-Yeung

Knights in no rush to make big-money signings

NEWCASTLE Knights coach Nathan Brown says he will give home-grown talents the chance to prove themselves before head-hunting some marquee signings.

Brown said there was plenty of room in the salary cap - more than $1 million is the suggested figure - but getting the right players in the remainder of the squad was also on his agenda as the club carries on its rebuild.

"We've certainly got a big number under the cap," he said.

"(But) we thought getting our roster right long term is the most important thing for the Knights.

"There's one or two clubs out there who have the power to go for the quick fix but most clubs have to take their time.

"It might impact on the short term.

"(But) we brought in all these young kids last year and we owe it to them to put the right players around them."

The Knights have already missed out on big-name signings such as Matt Scott and Jack Bird but that did not stop Brown making an approach to off-contract Warriors star Kieran Foran.

The two met on the weekend but the Newcastle mentor said he was unsure if the Kiwi international even wanted to leave the land of his birth.

"I am sure he hasn't ruled out staying in New Zealand at this stage," Brown said.

"The Warriors are a strong club and he's got an opportunity there.

"But I am sure he will look at his family situation.

"If coming back to Australia is an option we would definitely like him to consider to play with us."

Newcastle takes on the Cowboys on Saturday in Townsville and will aim to end a five-game losing streak.

Brown said he was hoping that, with a bit of luck, his team might be able to upset the odds.

"When you are just losing close ones regularly the ball doesn't seem to bounce your way," he said.

"But we feel if we keep fighting hard, then sooner rather than later it will come."

News Corp Australia


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